The first guests will check into government-designated accommodation in the United Kingdom on Monday as the hotel quarantine regime begins.
The government has tough measures already in place requiring all travellers into the United Kingdom, from any location, to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 3 days before departure and non-UK residents from the 33 red list countries are already banned from entering Britain.
The new policy requires all United Kingdom citizens and permanent residents entering England from 33 countries on a wider travel ban list to self-isolate at their own expense in approved hotels for 10 days and take several Covid-19 tests.
The UK government has struck deals with 16 hotels so far, providing 4,963 rooms, with a further 58,000 rooms now on stand-by, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said.
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"These new measures are important to protect our vaccination programme, which has now seen 15 million people vaccinated, we all work towards restoring normal life", he said.
However, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has urged the United Kingdom government to impose the new hotel quarantine system on arrivals from every country.
"The rules coming into force today will bolster the quarantine system and provide another layer of security against new variants at the border".
The regulations state that leaving for these exceptional reasons should only happen if the person "has been given prior permission by a person authorised by the secretary of state for this purpose".
The accepted entry points are: Heathrow Airport, Gatwick Airport, London City Airport, Birmingham Airport and Farnborough Airfield.
When you normally judge a hotel, the focus tends to be on the facilities available to you during your stay; the activities, the ambience, and the amenities.
Three weeks ago Irish government announced plans for mandatory hotel quarantine but has said that primary legislation would be needed to enforce the regime.
"Good progress has been made to address a number of issues".
Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have a different set of procedures in place for the handling of quarantine stays.
A coach delivers passengers to the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel, near Heathrow Airport.
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The tough new quarantine rules apply to anyone who has visited any of 33 countries on a travel ban list in the previous 10 days.
The devolved regions are also following similar strict rules for arrivals from red list countries, which include countries which have shown a high occurrence of new variants of coronavirus such as South Africa.
Mr Raab said the data is assessed very carefully and they want to make sure the measures are "as targeted as possible".
Lucy Moreton, professional officer at the Immigration Services Union, which represents border staff, said: 'We've got no information on what we do if someone doesn't fill out their passenger location forms, what we do if they turn up at an airport which is not a designated airport.